Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 20:2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life. 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
How To Keep Aloof From Strife
What is it about a foolish man that he will quarrel with anything from a Mountain to a mathematical calculation when neither one can be persuaded one inch? A foolish son will argue with his father who has the authority to discipline him… A foolish person will get up into a police officers face knowing they will either get beat up or will spend the night in jail. You already know what it is that keeps us coming back for more don’t you? Of course you do, we all do… its pride. We’re all familiar with it on some level where we live. It’s commonly seen when one or both spouses quarrel and defend themselves… before you know it, even the one who was in the right about the specifics of the quarrel has to apologize.
Solomon says how whoever provokes a king to anger forfeits his life. A king had the power to wave his hand and have someones head cut off. His terror is like the growling of a lion. You would think that would scare someone right? Kim Jong Un of North Korea is much like a king in that respect. It seems that the whole country hears his roar and smiles when he says smile and would stand on their head and stack bb’s if he said to… or they would at least try. Why?… because they don’t want to anger him… they don’t want forfeit their life.
Of course this passages lends nicely to the King of Kings who has good reason to be angry with mankind.
Psalm 7:11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
And we all have provoked him to anger… all have refused the joys in acknowledging his glory and love… And when he sent his only Son to be paid the wages for our crime, we were the ones who crucified him… We will all one day stand before him and face his terror in righteous judgment.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
In verse three of today’s passage Solomon also says: 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
How can we keep from strife? Can anyone really? Arn’t we broken people in a broken world?
Verse 3 brings to my mind the Beach Boys song “In My Room”. Some of the lyrics say “There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to, In my room, In my room.”
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said this: 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The great thing is that when we come to Jesus… when we look to him with delight… draw nigh to him, call on him, have faith in him, believe in him… The spiritual strife that comes from the darkness in this broken world is taken from us. We have Gods peace and joy because of Jesus. The same power of God that raised him from the dead lets us walk in spiritual resurrection with victory over the strife that comes from sin.
God gives us the righteousness of Jesus… and the strife that would have accompanied us on judgment day is also removed.
John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”